Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,299 Reviews & Articles | 53,274 News Posts

SanDisk SSD Plus and Z410 SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 7, 2016 3:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 52%Manufacturer: SanDisk

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_29

 

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_30

 

Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_31

 

There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_32

 

The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. This is exactly why we focus on steady state performance.

 

The SSD Plus and Z410 make a bit of a comeback with this test. However, it's not enough to make up for the dismal performance to this point. Crucial's BX200 manages to get a win for the first time, followed by the SP550 and then the BP5e. It is interesting to note that the SSD Plus and Z410's, with the exception of the 240GB SSD Plus, are delivering better performance in a steady state than they are at 75% full. We don't often see this, it's likely an indication of the lack of consistency inherent to DRAM-less designs.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_33

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_34

 

ADATA's SP550 takes a win for the first time. The SSD Plus and Z410 again deliver embarrassing performance, with the 240GB Z410 again setting a new record for futility. Looking at the benchmark screenshot taken of the SSD Plus 480GB we see something very rare indeed; the system storage score is higher than the raw system storage score.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_35

 

sandisk-ssd-plus-z410-sata-iii-review_36

 

PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's performance. This time the 240GB SSD Plus manages to take the win for losing, setting a new record low score for PCMark 8 testing. It's safe to at this point that SanDisk's super low cost TLC SSD's are the worst performing SSDs currently on the market. The SP550 wins this test, but it's too little too late, clearly not enough to make up for its dismal synthetic performance.

    PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.


    United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.

    United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.

    Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.

    We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.

Related Tags

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!
loading